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School of Media and Public Affairs

The George Washington University

Washington, DC 20052

(202) 994-2004 (office)



Associate Professor of Journalism, School of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University, 1995-present.

Assistant Professor, Department of Rhetoric and Communication Studies, University of Virginia, 1986-1995. 


            Ph.D. The Johns Hopkins University, Department of History, May, 1986.

            M.A.  The Johns Hopkins University, Department of History, May, 1982.

            B.A.  Highest Honors, Phi Beta Kappa, College of William and Mary, 1979.


Fulbright Senior Research and Lecturing Award, 2005-2006.  Dr. Soetomo Press Institute, Jakarta Indonesia. 

Appointed to five-year term as Fulbright Senior Specialist in the field of Journalism and Media Studies, March 2002-2005.

Fulbright Senior Lecturing Award, The American Studies Center, The University of Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia, 1997-1998. 

Guest Scholar, Media Studies Project, The Woodrow Wilson Center, Summer, 1991.

Research Fellow, The Gannett Center for Media Studies,  Columbia University, New York, 1985-1986.



Wars Within:  The Story of Tempo, an Independent Magazine in Soeharto's Indonesia.  Equinox Publishing and the Institute for Southeast Asian Studies, 2005.   

Translated into Indonesian and published as Wars Within:  Pergulatan Tempo, Majalah Berita Sejak Zaman Orde Baru, Jakarta:  P.T. Dian Rakyat, August 2007. 

The Sun Shines for All:  Journalism and Ideology in the Life of Charles A. Dana.  Syracuse University Press, 1993.

            Refereed Articles


"Justice and Journalism:  Journalism and Islamic Values in Indonesia and Malaysia."  Journalism:  Theory, Practive, Criticism.  July, 2011.


"Professionalism Online:  How Malaysiakini Challenges Authoritarianism."  International Journal of Press/Politics, January 2009.


"The Voice of East Timor:  Journalism, Ideology, and the Struggle for Independence."  Australian Asian Studies Review, September 2007.

"Representations of "The Nation" in Tempo magazine," Indonesia, October, 2003.      

"Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Explain:  Unofficial Sources and Television Coverage of the Dispute Over Gays in the Military," Political Communication, Spring 1997.

"Experts and the Operational Bias of Television News: The Case of the Persian Gulf War," Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly,  Vol. 72, No. 4, Winter 1995, pp. 799-812.

"The 19th Century World Versus the Sun -- Promoting Consumption (Rather than the Working Man)" Journalism Quarterly, Vol. 67, No. 3, Autumn 1990, pp. 592-600.

            Unrefereed Articles

"The Past Isn't Over," a review essay in Australian Asian Studies Review, June, 2008.

"Malaysia's Untethered Net," Foreign Policy, June/July 2007.

"The Triumph of Moderation," Foreign Policy, January/February 2006, pp. 88-89.

"Consumerism and Entertainment in American Media Productions," Jurnal Studi Amerika, January-June 2002 edition.

"Suara Dari Dalam: Majalah Tempo, 1971-2001," in Tempo: 30 Tahun (1971-2001).  PT Tempo Inti Media TBK, 2001.  pp. 7-18. ["The Voice of Their Hearts: Tempo Magazine (1971-2001)."]

"TV's Talking Headaches."  Columbia Journalism Review, July/August 1992.  Reprinted in Kim Massey and Stanley Baran (ed.), Television Criticism.  Kendall/Hunt.

Enlisting Experts:  Objectivity and the Operational Bias in Television News Analysis of the Persian Gulf War.  Media Studies Project, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, August 1992.

"Doing Media History Research."  Film and History, May September 1991.


"Sound Bite Seeks Expert."  Washington Journalism Review, September 1990.

"Why Do Television's Academic Experts So Often Seem Predictable and Trivial?"  Chronicle of Higher Education, 3 January 1990.

            Book Chapters

"Indonesian Journalism Post-Soeharto:  Changing Ideals and Professional Practices," in David Hill and Krishna Sen, eds., Decade of Democracy:  Indonesian Media After Soeharto, Routledge, forthcoming.

"'An Era as Sweet as Honey:'  Habibie and the 1999 Press Law," in Dewi Fortuna Anwar, Anwar Ibrahim, and Bridget. Welsh, eds, Reflections on the Habibie Era, National University of Singapore Press, forthcoming.

"A Boy Who Shouts at the Emperor," in Dhimam Abror Djuraid, Globalisasi, Modernisasi, Hibridisasi:  Catatan Mingguan Seorang Wartawan [Globalization, Modernization, Hybridization:  A Journalist's Weekly Notes.  Surabaya:  Pustaka Eureka, 2007.

2500-word entry on "Development Journalism," Forthcoming in Enclyclopedia of Journalism, Sage Publications.

Entries on Indonesia, East Timor, and Singapore, Freedom of the Press 2005:  A Global Survey of Media Independence, Rowan and Littlefield, 2007; 2006; 2007.

"Charles A. Dana," American National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2000.

"Charles A. Dana," "George William Curtis," "George Ripley," and "George Jones," Biographical Dictionary of American Journalism, Greenwood Press, 1989.

            Book Reviews

"State Terrorism and Political Identity in Indonesia: Fatally Belonging," Ariel Heryato, Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies, December, 2006.

"The News Shapers:  The Sources who Explain the News, by Lawrence Soley," Journalism Quarterly, Spring 1993.

"Poor Little Rich Boy (and How He Made Good), by Gwen Morgan and Arthur Veysey," Journalism History, Spring 1986.


Weekly Newspaper Column:

Weekly newspaper column,  Email Dari Amerika [Email from America] published weekly in Surya Daily newspaper, Surabaya, East Java.  Circulation approximately 80,000.  This is an ongoing endeavor.  I write the 650-word column in Indonesian each week about life in the United States.  The first column was published between November 9, 2007 and February 2011.  An archive can be accessed at www.surya.co.id.

Newspaper/magazine articles

"Buru Island," WEEKENDER Magazine, The Jakarta Post, December/January 2008.

"A Modest Proposal Regarding East Timor," The Jakarta Post, June 2007.

"What I have Learned about Public Diplomacy," The Jakarta Post, September 11, 2006.

"Di-Tetun-kan," Tempo March 27-April 2, 2006.  Also translated and published in English language edition April 2-April 9 edition. 

Op-ed pieces on press freedom in conjunction with the US Embassy in Jakarta's launching of "Democracy," The Jakarta Post and Tempo newspapers, June 17, 2003.



USAID funded NGOs:  Worked with Institute for the Study of the Free Flow of Information (ISAI), Radio 68H, and Yayasan Pantau to develop journalism training programs in Indonesia, 1998-present.  Developed and taught courses ranging from basic Theory and Practice of Journalism to more advanced courses in Narrative Journalism

Media development:  Wrote feasibility study for UNDP Media Project in Dili, Timor Leste, June-September, 2008.  Taught short courses at newspapers and news services in Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, and East Timor.  During 2005-2006 I was a visiting lecturer at the Dr. Soetomo Press Institute in Jakarta, and worked with journalists from across Indonesia. 

Program evaluation:  Program evaluator for ICFJ citizen journalism project at Malaysiakini (ongoing).  Wrote interim evaluation of the Asia Calling radio program for the British Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, November 2008; assessed International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) journalism training programs at IAIN Ar-Raniry in Banda Aceh, Indonesia; evaluated media climate and institutions in East Timor, and made recommendations for the USAID grant proposal.

International education and program development:  Appointed to a three-year term as an external examiner in the Journalism Program, Department of Mass Media Communication, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, September 2006.  This position involves review of all academic programs and journalism curricula.  I have served as a member of the Southeast Asia review committee for the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES) which reads and evaluates Fulbright applications.  In Indonesia, I have worked closely with the American-Indonesian Educational Foundation (which administers the Fulbright program in Indonesia), helping with candidate interviews and making policy recommendations. 


Served as a US State Department Speaker-Specialist in India, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, and East Timor, 2000-present.  Topics include "Doing Good Journalism in an Age of New Media,"  "The Role of a Free Press in a Democracy," "Bias in Media," "Narrative Journalism," and "New Trends in American Journalism," 2003-present.  I regularly meet with journalists who are in the US on the International Visitors program.  Programs were organized by Meridian International and Delphi, and the groups addressed have included visitors from India, Russia, Uzbekistan, South Asia, Indonesia, Korea, Nepal, Algeria, Palestine, the Middle East, and Latin America. 

Lectured on press developments in Indonesia at the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, Virginia, 2000 to the present.


            George Washington University

                        Introduction to Media and Public Affairs

                        Journalism Theory and Practice

                        Narrative Journalism

                        Media and the Developing World


Editorial Board, International Journal of Press/Politics.

Board of Directors, Yayasan Pantau - an Indonesian NGO dedicated to promoting quality in Journalism

Research consultant, "The Eighties," Documentary Unit, NBC News, New York, December, 1989.

Researcher, "The Today Show," NBC News, New York, August-September, 1989.


Research consultant, "David Frost Talking with the President and Mrs. Bush," David Paradine Television, July, 1989.


Fluent in Indonesian, including the ability to teach courses, give lectures and talks.